Be a part of creating the fourth studio album by Devin Sinha!
My name is Devin Sinha, and I'm a singer/songwriter living just outside Seattle. I'm here today because I'm beyond thrilled to be taking my fourth studio record to Kickstarter to bring you into the process of making my next album.
How You Can Help
Throughout my life, music has been essential to who I am and how I understand the world. If you're reading this page right now, I believe you feel that way as well. These songs are a part of me, and I would love to share them with you so you can make them your own. For an independent artist such as my band-mates and I, our motivation and love of writing and performing is strengthened by community.
We've been honored to be part of the music community over the past few years supporting our friends and other independent musicians. We'd deeply appreciate your help now with our own project so that we can create an album of the highest quality, and that we hope you will enjoy!
I'd love to invite you into this project to be a part of the community of music supporters that help make this album a reality. With your support, we will be able to produce the best music we possibly can, while offsetting the production costs for the album.
We're hoping to raise enough money to cover the absolute essentials: studio recording, production, mixing, and mastering. Any additional funds raised by the campaign will go to material costs for creating CDs and Vinyl, digital distribution, and marketing. Your contributions are essential to the creation of the music itself, and every dollar of the campaign will go directly into the album to support the team of producers and musicians lending their talent to this project.
This will be a full-length record, and our first that will be produced for vinyl in addition to CD. We are in the late stages of recording the tracks for the new album and with your help we'll make something beautiful.
You can listen to my previous albums and see music videos of our past work at www.DevinSinha.com. This can give you a great taste of my style and the quality of the studio and producer with whom I'm working. Here is a track from my previous record, Our Fathers Were Lions. (https://music.devinsinha.com/track/backslider)
Creating a record is a very time consuming process, and doing it right requires quite a budget. With this Kickstarter campaign, my minimum goal is to raise $6,500, which only covers the approximate cost of recording, mixing, and mastering the album. Below are the various steps I need to take to put out an album at the quality I can be proud of to share with you:
The funding I am hoping to raise through this campaign is just enough to cover the studio costs of recording, mixing, and mastering. This includes:
- Time in studio
- Paying additional musicians for the album - think drums, bass, strings, keyboard, backup singers, etc.
- Recording tracks
Additional costs I am covering - Outside of the Kickstarter goals
- Album artwork design and creation (4-panel CD wallets and Vinyl packaging)
- Pressing and manufacturing Vinyl records
- Creating CDs, CD wallets, registering for a UPC, and physical disk shipping.
- Digital distribution costs (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Mp3, Xbox Music, etc.).
- Mailing Kickstarter rewards to backers (shipping costs count toward the Kickstarter goal)
- Press and Radio PR campaigns
- Music Video(s)
- Gas and other misc. expenses
- Kickstarter fees - 5% of my total plus 3% + $0.20 per pledge for transaction processing
What about money beyond the base goal?
Any amount raised over the funding goal will go toward the other expenses listed earlier.
Here are examples of the Fox T-shirts mentioned in some of the perks on the right, in Grey (women's) or Slate (unisex). Also below are examples of the various poster options.
Achieving this stretch goal will allow me to send all physical product backers a brand new band pin! This merch is brand new for the Kickstarter campaign, with art designed by Ariel Sinha.
Hitting this goal will allow me to go all-out on a deluxe colored-vinyl edition. Rather than a single record in a single-sleeve case, I will create a 4-panel sleeved edition, complete with an 8-page insert of handwritten lyrics and more original artwork! All backers of Vinyl reward packages will receive this edition, and anyone who participates in the Kickstarter and wants to add-on a Vinyl record to any other package will have the option to get this deluxe edition.
Hitting this goal will allow us to create a live in the studio music video of a song from the new record, with the exclusive live audio sent to all backers.
You can see examples of previous live performances at www.DevinSinha.com/videos, or one is below:
I understand that some of you would love to support me but can't afford it. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your amazingly kind intentions. Please do me a favor by using the Kickstarter share tools to spread the word of this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Carrier Pigeon, Smoke Signal, or anything else. Word of mouth can go a long way toward making a difference.
Thank you all, and I look forward to sharing this album with you.
Risks and challenges
There is certainly the risk of not getting fully funded. If I do not hit my funding goal, THE PROJECT FAILS AND I RECEIVE $0 IN FUNDING.
Overall, the risks vs reward are relatively minor as far as album completion goes. I am in the process of tracking the album, and I have full intention of having it mixed and mastered later this year. If this project is not funded, the album may take much longer to complete.
Assuming that I do not shuffle off this mortal coil, the album should be able to be completed shortly after this campaign closes, so you won't have to wait too long. I am aiming for a release Q1 of next year, to give me time to prepare a PR campaign around the album and make sure everything goes smoothly as far as CD and Vinyl manufacturing is concerned.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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